Uttarakhand Rains Today Latest Update: At least 11 deaths were reported in Uttarakhand on Tuesday, taking the toll due to rain-related incidents in the state to 16. Uttarakhand has been battered by rains since Sunday, leading to floods, landslides and destruction of property.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, who has cancelled all his scheduled events to monitor the situation, said three Army helicopters would join the rescue operations. Two have been sent to Nainital and one to Garhwal region.
At least 10 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been deployed in the state to conduct rescue operations. Of these, there are two teams in Uttarkashi, and one team each in Dehradun, Chamoli, Almora, Pithoragarh, Haridwar and Gadarpur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Dhami and Union Minister Ajay Bhatt this morning to take stock of the situation.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted extremely heavy rainfall in parts of the state today. In the 24 hours ending 8.30 am Tuesday, significant rainfall was recorded in Pantnagar (40 cm), Mukteshwar Kumaon (34 cm) and Tehri (7 cm).
Nainital cut-off; three roads leading to town blocked
Nainital, a popular tourist destination, has been cut-off from the rest of the state as three roads leading to the town have been blocked following landslides.
According to PTI, the Mall Road in Nainital and Naina Devi temple located along the banks of Naini lake have been flooded; a hostel building is damaged due to landslides; and some 100 people are stuck at Lemon Tree resort on Ramnagar-Ranikhet route.
Viral video: BRO rescues passengers of car stuck near highway
Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel Monday rescued passengers from a car which got stuck atop rocks near the Badrinath National Highway. Footage of the video showed an excavation vehicle pulling the car to safety amid gushing waters.
There is also a video going viral on social media of a stranded elephant in Gaula river, between Halduchaur and Lalkuan. News agency ANI reports the forest department is monitoring its movement, and trying to guide it towards forest.
Rains in Uttarakhand: Gujarat CM offers to help Dhami
Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel offered to assist his counterpart in Uttarakhand on Monday, by making arrangements for the pilgrims from Gujarat stranded in Uttarakhand due to the rains. Patel said he was in constant touch with Dhami over the situation in the state.
The severe weather events in Uttarakhand have been triggered by two simultaneous active low-pressure systems, one each over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal regions.
State officials have advised Chardham pilgrims against proceeding to the Himalayan temples until the weather improves, reported news agency PTI. Dhami Tuesday reiterated his appeal to pilgrims to stay where they are, and not to resume their journeys until the situation was better.